There is an interchangeable use for malware and viruses among us. In fact, a virus is a common type of malware which refers to any malicious software designed to cause damage to your devices. Malware includes Trojans, spyware, worms, adware, ransomware and viruses.
How to tell if my Android phone has malware?
- Your phone suddenly becomes slow. Your phone would slow down if you are run too many apps or overload your phone with files. Otherwise, your phone may be infected with malware.
- Frequent crashes. If your phone or apps crash on a regular basis, there is a chance that your phone was compromised.
- Faster battery drain. If your phone battery discharges faster, it may be malware in your phone draining power.
- Excessive data usage. This is a sign that your phone is infected with malware if you are not a user that often go over your data usage limit.
- Your phone has apps that you have not installed. Be vigilant when you find such apps on your Android phone.
- A sudden spate of adware popups. It’s normal to have pop-up messages if there are no ad blockers. However, if you use an ad blocker for the browser or simply close the browser, the displayed pop-up ads may be malicious.
How do I remove malware from Android?
If there are any symptoms on your phone, you can refer to the following instructions to remove malware from your phone.
- Restart your phone in safe mode. Press the power button to restart. Many Android phones offer the option to reboot in safe mode. For other users that this option is not available, you need to do extra steps to switch to safe mode.
- Find malicious apps and uninstall them. Open your settings to find malicious apps, especially those that you are unfamiliar with. Uninstall them to protect your phone.
- If you can not identify the malicious apps, you can run a virus scan. Download a virus scan and install it on your phone. Run it to scan and remove malicious apps.
Note: Do not download fake virus scanners that will install more malware and spyware on your phone.
You can also use a VPN to protect you from malware infection.